Purple Mountain: A Story of the Rape of Nanking

Purple Mountain: A Story of the Rape of Nanking


By (author) Shouhua Qi


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  • Publisher: Createspace
  • Format: Paperback | 286 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 200mm x 22mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 18 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: North Charleston SC
  • ISBN 10: 145287316X
  • ISBN 13: 9781452873169
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,223,358

Product description

By December 1937, the Japanese Imperial Army had advanced into the heartland of China and reached toward their inevitable climax: Nanjing, China's capital and glorious ancient city nestled at the base of the Purple Mountain, was besieged. The government had fled, leaving several hundred thousand civilians and soldiers behind, among them a twelve-year-old girl. To face the unthinkable. An unprecedented historical novel, Purple Mountain presents a riveting, profoundly intimate portrait of Nanjing and its people during the first six days after its fall to the Japanese army. Within the city walls are men and women, young and old, soldiers and civilians, Chinese and a dozen foreigners, all caught up in the whirling, turbulent fires of history. The story, inspired by real historical events and people, probes deeply into the souls of victims and perpetrators of war atrocities, and hails its unassuming heroes and heroines. It is a powerful allegory against the folly of war and the horrors of genocide. This WindsAsClouds edition is based on When the Purple Mountain Burns: A Novel published by the Long River Press (2005). Two Chinese editions (one in simplified Chinese and one in classic Chinese) were published in Shanghai and Hong Kong respectively in 2005. A screenplay Qi wrote on the same story has been optioned for production.

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Author information

A native of Nanjing, Shouhua Qi came to the United States for his doctoral studies in 1989. He is the author of When the Purple Mountain Burns: A Novel (in both English and Chinese editions), Red Guard Fantasies and Other Stories, Bridging the Pacific: Searching for Cross-Cultural Understanding Between the United States and China, and more than ten other books. Qi is Professor of English at Western Connecticut State University.